PGA 2011 Recap

Compare your personal numbers to these and see how good or bad you are. Remember though, the pros are hitting from the tips on the hardest courses in the world.

Driving distance: Longest - J.B. Holmes average at 318.4; Middle - Chad Campbell (ranked 92nd) at 291.1; Shortest - Brian Gay (ranked 186th) at 269.8.

Driving accuracy: (Fairways Hit) - Joe Durant (1st) at 75.7 percent; Middle - Sunghoon Kang (93rd) at 61.8 percent; Worst - Anthony Kim (186th) at 47 percent.

Putts per round: Kevin Na (1st) at 27.8; Middle - Justin Leonard (93rd) at 29.2; Worst - Boo Weekley (186th) at 29.0

Greens in regulation: Boo Weekley at 71.7 percent; Middle -Tied: (92nd) Tim Herron and Troy Matteson at 65.6 percent; Worst - Bio Kim (186th) at 58.5 percent.


Cheer's All-Star Fundraiser

Friday, December 2 at 11 a.m.; $75 per person at Patricia Island, Grove.

Entry deadline is November 25. For more information contact Lisa Dollarhide at the Bank of Grove, 918-791-1042.


NEW .... "Helps the amateurs more than the pros!"

If you aren't "SHAFT FLEX FITTED" you are at a disadvantage before you even tee up.

So, please read this...GRAND LAKE GOLF ACADEMY is now the official "Fitter" for in this area.

This is a new fitting system in which we can measure instantaneously if you have the right frequency shafts in your clubs. The inventor and developer proved to me that 60 percent of all golfers are playing with the wrong shaft frequency. Simplified, this just means you get the club face square back to the ball naturally or by force. Naturally is of course best. Get the whole story by going to We offer a fitting and swing lesson for $50. If you replace and order your shafts at $55 each including grip, we credit the $50 to your purchase. You can even use your club heads.

Call Steve at 918-257-4967 or Dave Rycroft at 918-791-5689.



Putting techniques that are common to all good putters: (1) No wrist(s) break or action at all. (2) No head movement or action at all. Finally, (3) You can't putt with your eyes, so don't let them follow the ball from impact. If you will spend this winter working on these putting techniques, I guarantee that you will be the best putter in your group this spring!



I have golf gift certificates that can be personalized and emailed to you for that "really different" gift; with no expiration date. Golf lessons, golf equipment, golf club repair, (new grips, etc.).



From my buddy Chris Pierce in Oklahoma City (Bethany):

A guy was at the country club for his weekly round of golf. He began his round with an eagle on the first hole and a birdie on the second. On the third hole he had just scored his first ever hole-in-one when his cell phone rang. It was a doctor notifying him that his wife had just been in an accident and was in critical condition and in ICU. The man told the doctor to inform his wife where he was and that he'd be there as soon as possible.

As he hung up he realized he was leaving what was shaping up to be his best ever round of golf. He decided to get in a couple of more holes before heading to the hospital. He ended up playing all eighteen, finishing his round shooting a personal best 61, shattering the club record by five strokes and beating his previous best game by more than 10. He was jubilant! Then he remembered his wife.

Feeling guilty he dashed to the hospital. He saw the doctor in the corridor and asked about his wife's condition.

The doctor glared at him and shouted, "You went ahead and finished your round of golf didn't you! I hope you're proud of yourself! While you were out for the past four hours enjoying yourself at the country club your wife has been languishing in the ICU! It's just as well you went ahead and finished that round because it will be more than likely your last! For the rest of her life she will require round the clock care and you will be her care giver! She will need IV's; you will have to change her colostomy bag every three hours; she will have to be spoon fed three times a day and don't forget the hygiene care."

The man broke down and sobbed.

The doctor chuckled and said, "I'm just messin' with you. She's dead. What'd you shoot?"

Steve Pace is a certified golf instructor at Grove's Patricia Island Golf Club. For information on lessons and equipment, or to pass along any golf-related news, contact Steve at 918-257-4967 or email him at